NASCAR is thinking about building a speedway in a city better known for traffic jams and taxicabs than for motor sports.

Racing promoters have held preliminary discussions with city economic officials about constructing a NASCAR track on Staten Island, the mayor's office said yesterday.

NASCAR has looked at various locations in the region since plans to build a speedway at the Meadowlands in New Jersey foundered, said David Talley, a spokesman for the International Speedway Corporation, which owns 13 tracks nationwide.

"Staten Island is one we're looking at," Talley told the New York Times. "We're looking at a couple of sites in New Jersey as well. We are nowhere close to breaking ground and building a facility."

The proposed track would be constructed at a 440-acre vacant industrial site on Staten Island's waterfront, a few miles east of the New Jersey Turnpike.

* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Wide receiver Mike Williams has decided against suing the NFL to try to enter the league this year and will seek to have the NCAA restore his eligibility at the University of Southern California, according to USC Coach Pete Carroll.

"Mike is adamant that he's not going to file a lawsuit against the NFL,'' Carroll told the Orange County Register. "Mike is really firm about that. We're just going to put this in the right order and move forward.''

Williams was not available to comment, and his agent, Michael Azzarelli, did not return telephone messages. Azzarelli previously threatened legal action against the league if developments in Maurice Clarett's lawsuit against the NFL kept Williams out of the league this year. On Monday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit reversed a February ruling by a federal judge that would have made Clarett, the former Ohio State tailback, and Williams eligible to play in the league this year.

* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Yale center Joshua Hill was killed in a car accident in New Jersey, school officials said.

The 22-year-old Hill died Thursday when his car crashed in Estelle Manor Township, N.J. Hill missed most of the 2002-03 season and all of last season with injuries but planned to play as a senior this fall.

"Josh Hill was the inspirational leader of the men's basketball team," Coach James Jones said. "His energy and attitude were major factors in our run to an Ivy League championship during the 2001-02 season. He had a great respect and love for children of all ages and had a strong involvement during Yale's youth day events."

* COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Keira Goerl threw a four-hitter, and UCLA beat LSU, 2-0, in a winner's bracket game at the NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

In the second game, California beat Oklahoma, 2-1, after Vicky Galindo scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the eighth inning.

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